Cleansing of the soul

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End May 09, 2009

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Thursday, November 20, 2008

I havenīt been to many weddings but mi querida prima and her new husband outdid themselves...hats were provided to match the genre of the songs played at the reception (cowboy, pineapple and glittery), and butterflies were released from pretty boxes at the end of the ceremony (unfortunately many were half dead from asphyxiation by the time the boxes were opened and just lay there flapping weakly, but the ones that did managed to fly drunkenly out made a pretty spectacle). The whole thing passed in a whirl of tequila, banda music and fur coats- a bizarre new Mexican fashion. Havenīt they heard of PETA? They day after there was a small family breakfast (60 plus and counting) before we headed to the posh area of Polanco, to toast the newlyweds with yet more copas. The next day we hired a van to be proper tourists and beam cheesily in front of the major D.F sites. unfortunately latino timekeeping conspired against us and we didnīt make the pyramids, Coyoacan...and being Monday, most of the sites were closed. However the Palacio de Bellas Artes was pretty, and there were some guys dressed up as Aztecs in the zocalo who performed an ancient indigenous soul cleansing rite on us...something involving waving smoking bunches of weeds around your body before pummeling you in the back. The faithful (and incredibely expensive) bars of Condesa and the Zona Rosa were a perfect end to the day. My wee sisterīs leaving for the U.K tomorrow so it was a bit of a sniffly time...nothing that a steak and red wine treat on her last night couldnīt fix though!
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